August 12, 2019

United Way Eliminates Funding for HPCG Counseling Programs

In the United States, the rate of suicide and death by overdose has reached a level not seen since World War II. In fact, for those aged 10 to 34, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

Left in the wake of these heartbreaking statistics are the loved ones who are devastated. Their sorrow is often compounded by stigma, guilt and isolation. They require help navigating the complicated grief associated with traumatic loss.

Thanks to generous community support, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) has been able to respond to this growing need, regularly offering suicide and overdose loss-themed grief support groups. In fact, diverse programs that address challenges like these have been a hallmark of HPCG’s mission.  Whether it’s through these specialty loss groups offered by the Counseling and Education Center or kid-friendly grief counseling offered through its Kids Path program, HPCG’s work has been driven by the needs of this community.

HPCG’s Suicide Loss Support Group made these rocks depicting messages of hope. Donations make groups like this one possible.

The core charitable support that has underwritten these efforts has been the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Unfortunately, after 20 years of partnership, United Way’s support of HPCG has ended. HPCG is no longer considered a Strategic Partner agency and will not receive its annual funding allocation.

While the loss of United Way support seems sudden, it is not completely unanticipated. For several years, United Way has shifted their strategic focus to eradicating poverty—a worthy goal indeed.

United Way leaders assure us that HPCG’s grief support programs remain valuable, especially for families living in poverty. However, with limited resources, the United Way must invest in organizations that more directly influence the cycle of poverty in Greensboro.

Although HPCG’s annual request of $210,735 wasn’t funded, United Way will honor all donor-designations to their fundraising efforts. Therefore, we anticipate a revenue shortfall of about $110,000 for the current fiscal year.

We are committed to making sure services continue uninterrupted. However, we need your help to keep this commitment. Every donation—large or small—will be needed to fill this funding gap.

Please consider making a gift to support our 2019 Annual Campaign:

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